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Must See: Pentatonix Perform ‘The Evolution Of Music’

Yes, a slight deviation from the usual around here. Yet, we couldn’t help but share the Pentatonix‘s ingenius rendition of ‘The Evolution of Music’.

Already a viral sensation, the quintet’s creative take on the songs and sounds that have shaped history is in every which way a…must-see.

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Randomness: VanJess Take It Back!

As we’re sure you know, we here at That Grape Juice place a high premium on spotlighting great new talent. Naturally, then, it was only a matter of time before we discussed singing sisters Jessica and Ivana (more commonly known as VanJess). Indeed, some of you may remember when we featured the teen duo on our weekly Cover Star series two years ago (boy, does time fly!)

Since then, the the ladies have continued to amass a vast Youtube following, blessing thousands of followers this week with a special nostalgic showing. One which made this late 80’s baby remember exactly why this very site exists – great music.

Oh how the 90’s were the good ol’ days! Enjoy!

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‘Instant Pop’: Singles To Hit Radio & iTunes Simultaneously

Following the success of the simultaneous radio/iTunes release of Britney Spears‘ new single ‘Hold It Against Me’, arch rivals Sony Music and Universal Music have teamed up for a revolutionary new release strategy. A strategy which industry pundits claim will change the scope of the charts in a way not seen since downloads officially contributed to chart placings.

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Randomness: Tahj Mowry (‘Smart Guy’) Covers John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’

Many of your will remember Tahj Mowry from the hit show ‘Smart Guy’, or as the younger brother of twins Tia and Tamera (of ‘Sister Sister’ fame).

The young actor appears to be making a foray into music, recently posting his cover of John Legend‘s ‘Ordinary People’ on Youtube.

While we’re all for following one’s dreams, we’re also advocates for singing songs in your range; Mowry’s showing being a case, point, example of doing the complete opposite.

The 24 year old definitely has an interesting tone, one which would likely benefit from him tackling more Pop-orientated songs. For, as his showing here underscored – you simply can’t fake soul or passion in your vocal delivery. You either have it or you don’t, the latter being the case for the aspiring singer.

In any case…

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Randomness: Melody Thornton Sings Christina Aguilera’s ‘Hurt’

Peep this performance of former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton taking on Christina Aguilera’s chilling ballad ‘Hurt’. With talent like that, no wonder Ms. Thornton couldn’t but vent at the fact she was consistently over-shadowed.

Melody may need to exercise more vocal control, but it’s hard to deny she was the superior vocalist in the group. I can never understand why labels believe that the Diana Ross-Supremes model (one singer, the rest back-up’s) is still ‘in’. Surely giving everyone some form of individual shine (even if not the same amount) helps broaden the group’s appeal, hence increasing their fan-base, and ultimately increasing what is the exec’s primary concern – money! Same goes for the handling of Destiny’s Child, but that is a different story altogether…

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Randomness: Sam’s Twitter Rant

Needless to say, it’s been somewhat of a slow news day thus far. In any case, the extra time saw yours truly think back to a random Twitter outburst had earlier this week. Reflecting on the state of the industry today, left me none-too-impressed with what it seems to be descending into.

Ever keen to hear what you all are thinking, have a read and let us know what your thoughts are on the topic…

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Randomness: How Much Will Trey Songz’s New LP Sell First Week?

That Grape Juice favourite Trey Songz is set to release his fourth studio album ‘Passion, Pain & Pleasure’ in less than one week (next Tuesday / September 14th). Yet with the LP’s preceding singles ‘Bottoms Up’ and ‘Can’t Be Friends’ collectively doing not much of anything on the charts, many are scratching their heads as to what first week numbers the 25 year old will chart with.

For, if one is to believe the crooner’s BET reality show – Songz is a superstar, with the largest of fan-bases. Yet, on the other hand, interest in the record appears minimal.

With that, we here at That Grape Juice want to hear what you think. How much do you feel Trey will sell come next week. (There may very well be something in it for the reader with the most accurate predication…)

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Randomness: Christina Aguilera’s ‘Bionic’ Will Sell…

With the release of Christina Aguilera‘s new LP ‘Bionic’ drawing ever nearer (June 8th), all eyes will no doubt be on the record’s first week tally.

While such scrutiny is a given considering Christina’s position as a major recording artist, it’s undoubtedly heightened by the drama surrounding the project as of late (cancelled tour, flop single, and a leak a full two weeks prior to release). So with that said, we’re eager to hear what first week numbers you think Ms. Aguilera is on-course for…

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Internet Sensation Covers Another Whitney Houston Classic (A Must See)

Lin Yu Chun shot to International stardom after his cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ became an overnight internet phenomenon.

Now, the Taiwan-bred singer has put his own spin on another Houston classic, ‘Saving All My Love For You’. Check out his performance on The George Lopez Show below…

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Randomness: Destiny’s Child’s Audition

Peep this video of an early Destiny’s Child performing in the audition which would ultimately change each of their lives; their audition at age 15 for Columbia Records (who they’re still signed to).

Granted the fact this has been floating around for a while, it certainly makes for a compelling watch. For though solid as a collective, it really gives an insight to what each of the girls were working with in their unseasoned/untrained form. I don’t know about you guys, but a certain Ms. Rowland upstaged a certain Ms. Knowles by quite a margin. A point I feel necessary to mention solely due to how the group’s history played out.

Regardless of who sounded better, it’s quite inspiring to see the humble beginnings of what would become one of music’s biggest acts.

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Randomness: Best Live Performances


It’s been a slow-ish news day thus far, yet that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

The last few years have seen many an artist deliver show-stopping performances on the grandest of stages. Check out a collection of some of my favourites above and below. Be sure to let us know what you think, as well as your favourites too!

{Above: Kelly Rowland performs ‘Destiny’s Child Medley’ at T4 On The Beach – 2008}

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (30th Anniversary Concert, 2001)

Lady GaGa – Paparazzi (MTV VMA’s 2009)

Chris Brown & Ciara – ‘With You / Take You Down’ (BET Awards 2008)

Beyonce & Kelly Rowland – ‘Get Me Bodied / Like This’ (BET Awards 2007)

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Review: ‘The Official Michael Jackson Exhibition’ / London

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend ‘The Official Michael Jackson Exhibition’ at London’s 02 Arena. Somewhat bittersweet in that the venue is where the King of Pop was set to perform a record-breaking 50-concerts as part of his ill-fated ‘This Is It’ project, the exhibition was like no other I’ve been to before. Simply amazing.

The classy, well put-together showcase, featured priceless Jackson memorabilia such as his original, signed Motown contract, countless worn video outfits and props, his ’This Is It’ costumes, and even the Neverland gates!

At each turning, it felt like I stood before a small piece of my childhood; and for the first time since Michael’s passing, I felt legitimately able to really celebrate the life of what is (present tense) the greatest entertainer of all-time.

Perhaps the best thing of all though, was seeing young children, who were dressed as Michael, emulating his famous moves. This really warmed my spirit; after all, here were kids who were no doubt born long after Michael’s last album was released, yet here they were singing and dancing along to all his classic hits. It simply serves as a testament to Michael’s lasting legacy. No scandal, no naysayer, no nothing, can take away from the enduring impact Michael has had and will continue to have.

With the exhibition having finished its run here in London, reports say it is headed to the States next. Though it goes without saying, I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone able to attend. A great celebration of a life which touched so many. Long live the King!

Check out the gallery of my snaps from the event below:

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